24 Apr 2012
Indonesia is the only country in the region that is not a party to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). The FCTC has 174 Parties, representing nearly 90 percent of the world’s population.
“Indonesia needs to fast-track its tobacco control movement to be at par with the rest of its neighbors in the ASEAN region,” says SEATCA Director Bungon Ritthiphakdee. For instance, it remains the only ASEAN country without bans on tobacco advertising promotion and sponsorships. “In essence, Indonesia will still remain a paradise for cigarette companies to continue advertising,” Ritthiphakdee added.